Election Lessons

Who are the Libertarians?
Posted on: Jun. 5, 2016

In this brief Teachable Instant classroom activity, students find out about the Libertarian Party candidates on the 2016 presidential ballot, and discuss where libertarians stand on the issues. 


The Debate over Reparations
Posted on: May. 1, 2016

The demand for reparations surfaced during the 2016 presidential election, creating a teachable moment on this long-debated issue. In this activity, students learn some background on the demand for reparations and join in the ongoing discussion about it. 


High School Students vs. Ted Cruz
Posted on: Apr. 30, 2016

Presidential candidate Ted Cruz's plans to speak at a Bronx high school were scrapped after students there wrote a letter to their principal describing how Cruz's views were "actively working to harm us, our community, and the people we love."  In this brief activity, students learn about this action and about Cruz's positions on the issues, and consider how they might respond if Cruz was invited to speak at their school. 


Voter Suppression & the 2016 Primaries
Posted on: Mar. 27, 2016

In some states, voters have stood in line for hours to cast their ballot. Why? In this short Teachable Instant activity, students explore the controversy over voter suppression in the 2016 election.


Teachable Instant: The superpowers of superdelegates
Posted on: Mar. 13, 2016

Do superdelegates subvert democracy? This brief activity includes quizzes, background and discussion on the controversy over superdelegates in the 2016 presidential election. 


Taxes: Where do the presidential candidates stand?
Posted on: Feb. 28, 2016

Students learn some basic tax terminology, explore different candidates' tax plans, and take a short quiz on taxes.


Supreme Court Justice Scalia Dies
Posted on: Feb. 15, 2016

In this brief Teachable Instant lesson, students learn about and discuss Justice Scalia's stances and the controversy over replacing him on the high court.


Bernie, Hillary, & Single-Payer Healthcare
Posted on: Feb. 6, 2016

Bernie Sanders' presidential campaign has reopened discussion about what would it take to get truly universal healthcare in the U.S. This lesson, which includes two student readings and discussion questions, examines the debate over Sanders' proposal for a “single-payer” national healthcare system, and efforts by states to adopt a single-payer program.


2016 election: Who is the media covering, and not covering?
Posted on: Jan. 24, 2016

Students learn about how much coverage the media are providing to different presidential candidates and discuss why coverage of the candidates varies so widely.


Empathy & Solidarity to Counter the Wave of Anti-Muslim Bias
Posted on: Dec. 13, 2015

In the wake of recent anti-Muslim attacks by Trump and others, students read and discuss profiles of diverse Muslim Americans, consider how they may be feeling about recent events, and read a letter to "Non-Muslim Allies" about ways to stand up for those who are being targeted.